Thursday, February 28, 2013

cliché: a bum rap

Meaning: unfair blame or criticism (definition).

Example: The website got a bum rap for being difficult to reach, which was the result of a DOS attack.  (examples.)

Origins: bum as an adjective means of poor quality or useless, 19th century; rap as a term for criminal charge comes circa 1865 (History1. History 2.) 

  • bum blame
  • bum slam
  • twisted rap
  • lame critique
  • cheap lip
  • stretched bitch

Discussion: I have gone from very close to the original to very far from it but still encasing the meaning. This one took some work with a thesaurus.

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